Diseases once thought of as adult onset, including obesity, are now affecting children. For instance, with the obesity epidemic, there has been an alarming increase in Type 2 diabetes. Not only does obesity affect our children physically, but there is a negative impact on them socially and emotionally. True or false? As parents, there's nothing you can do to prevent obesity, since it's based on genetics.
There are several factors that can cause the childhood obesity in the low income community. According to the CDC, Low income families generally have less access to both healthy food choices and opportunities for physical activity. Many need nearby retail stores that provide healthy, affordable foods. Often without cars or convenient public transportation options, low income residents must rely for much of their shopping on expensive, fatty, processed foods sold at convenience/corner stores. These families usually have to purchase these foods with the SNAP benefits which these stores accept for payment.
In stating this statistic, she urges the parents to really choose good food for their children. She claims that obesity will not only affect the health of the children but also the health of nation and economy. Generally, in the speech, Obama believes that the children today are not as active as the children before in term of physical activity which may lead to obesity problem. She says, “In fact, studies found that African American children spend an average of nearly six hours a day watching TV-and that every extra hour of TV they watch is associated with the consumption of an additional 167 calories” (p.422). Her point is that the children should exercise more to keep fit and healthy and the parents should be like the parents during her time who kept encouraging their children to constantly on the move.
Running head: CHILDHOOD OBESITY 1 The Causes and Prevention of Childhood Obesity Patricia Stewart ENG 122 Prof. Craig Smith August 27, 2012 CHILDHOOD OBESITY 2 The Causes and Prevention of Childhood Obesity Childhood obesity is a major cause for concern because it has become an epidemic in our society. The causes are surprising and concerning as well. There are multiple factors causing childhood obesity that can be prevented, which include health and lifestyle. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Physicians Assistants, “Obesity in childhood is influenced by social and familial factors as well as the child’s genetics and activity level” (Perplech; Russ; Rizzolo; Sedrak, 2011). The medical conditions that contribute to childhood obesity are due to genetics.
Mrs. Bush (2007) stated “good health starts with good habits. By educating ourselves about our bodies and by taking simple steps to protect them we can prevent or delay some of todays most common and devastating health conditions.”(First Lady Laura Bush) Mrs. Bush also announced (2007) “the government is working to address one of the greatest dangers to America’s young people: childhood overweight and obesity. Nearly one in five school-age children in the United States are overweight and the problem seems to be getting worse. As a nation we need to educate ourselves and our children about the benefits of healthy eating habits, and the risks of poor eating habits.”(First Lady Laura Bush, 2007) These children are our future. Teaching healthy eating habits early can save their
Running Head: CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN AMERICA 1 Childhood Obesity in America Kilah Bryan-Lawson Liberty University Online CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN AMERICA 2 Abstract Childhood obesity has become quite a problem in America. This paper describes the obesity problem as a nationwide epidemic. It defines what it is to be medically obese and addresses the issues that adolescents face when they encounter this issue. This paper also discusses the reasons that childhood obesity has become an epidemic. It also discusses ways in which schools enable childhood obesity and gives ideas on what schools can do help prevent childhood obesity.
middle and high schools that still offer sugary drinks and less healthy foods for purchase. Students have access to sugary drinks and less healthy foods at school throughout the day from vending machines and school canteens, at fundraising events, school parties, and sporting events. Children born in 2000 have a 1-in-3 chance of developing type 2 diabetes during their lifetime. If the childhood obesity epidemic is not reversed, our society will bear the pain and cost of high rates of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and other obesity-related chronic diseases. This is why we have made the necessary steps to align our local schools with "The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" and revamping our breakfast and lunch menu so, our kids can get the nutrition they need along with the physical activity to be
The easy way out to being healthy and eating right for ones body, fast food has plagued the nation especially with diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even strokes or heart attacks. A question is now posed of whether or not fast foods should be fed to children, in substitute of their regular lunches at school. These kids are what seem like innocent victims because of their naivety towards the real problems with fast food. The problems with this quick fix in school cafeterias are that students would become obese, they would develop bad habits, and that the school would be advertising for these companies. “More than 70 percent of obese adolescents retain their overweight and obese condition even during their adulthood” (What Are Children Munching On?).
The parents will then learn effective ways to help their child receive a healthy lifestyle. Verses other sources, this source was created specifically for the audience of parents of children who are obese. Where the other sources audience is was more to inform the public? I use this source to back-up my arguments that parents need to be doing more for their children. Parents are not always aware of childhood obesity statistics so this source was able to help me explain my argument about the cause of obesity in kids.
Obesity is a phenomenon that reached an epidemic level among children in developed countries. Many factors are behind that; and obesity, of course, has tremendous effects on children’s health as well as on their psychological state. Some of the consequences of obesity are used to be frequent among adults, but nowadays, children have it. In a journal article reporting a study done by Stephen R and Daniels, in addition that now children are having their parents’ diseases, the phenomenon is increasing in high frequency, and the types of diseases include high blood pressure, early symptoms of hardening of the arteries, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, polycystic ovary disorder, and disordered breathing during sleep, another point made by Daniels and Stephen is that the obesity destroys the human body, but if it starts from the childhood, it actually accelerate its effects which in his turn causes the heart attack, or stroke, to start in childhood. Another point made by Daniels is that the effect of obesity doesn’t stop at this point, but it may go to the extent to reverse the stable increase in life expectancy which makes of obesity one of the most public concerns; thus efforts are being made to determine what causes obesity among children(Stephen, & Daniels, 2006, p 47-67).